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Situated in Ireland’s paradisal County Kerry, Killarney is a small traditional town that boasts a rich natural and historical heritage. Killarney’s surrounding countryside is speckled with majestic, ivy-clad fortresses and castle ruins, and verdant national parks that house sloping, forest-flecked mountains and crystalline lakes. Killarney’s town centre is strung with narrow cobbled streets, thatched houses and niche, independently run boutiques. In the evenings, a diverse nightlife of electrifying late-night bars and quiet fire-lit taverns illuminates the town.

Things to see

Begin your refreshing Killarney morning by exploring the wild, deep-green valleys and hills of Killarney National Park. Perched on the edge of the park stands Ross Castle, a 15th century white-stoned ruin with intimidating war-battered turrets and a sheer facade. The surrounding grounds, where enormous oaks line like soldiers along the walkways, make for a pleasant amble. After, delve deeper into the park, where rivers cut through the grassy vales in silver threads, and the reddish slopes of Mangerton Mountain loom over Killarney’s mirror-like lakes. Lough Lean lake is the largest, and makes for a great fishing spot - or if you’re feeling adventurous, take a kayak out on the water. Before you head back to the town centre for a relaxing home-cooked meal, stop at the nearby Muckross House - a stately Victorian manor house - and enjoying its flower-studded gardens, just as the sun sets.

Hotels in Killarney

Killarney hides a handful of utterly sublime, heavenly 4 and 5-star havens. In central Killarney, the 4-star hotels provide incomparably professional service, and tremendous rooms that come complete with downy king-size beds, chesterfield sofas and enormous en-suites. In the surrounding Killarney countryside, luxury resorts and spas offer 5-star accommodation, where your every whim is instantly tended to, and where the tranquil natural scenery will lull you into pure relaxation. For a more affordable stay, traditional hotels in Killarney - set in old, white-washed buildings - offer splendid 3-star accommodation, complete with large rooms and complimentary WiFi.

Where to stay

With the mountainous, green-swept national park close by, central Killarney is ideal for those seeking a relaxed urban holiday immersed in historic heritage and surrounded by old-world buildings, set against a backdrop of unlimited natural beauty. For those seeking a harmonious forest-flecked and flower-laden setting, but crave the comforts of stellar resorts and spas, stay in the northern part of Muckross Woods. To really immerse yourself in Killarney’s great natural heritage, camp out in the park, and discover crashing waterfalls and meandering mountain hikes. Sleep beneath Killarney’s pure pitch-dark skies, and count the diamond-like stars.

How to get to Killarney

The nearest airport to Killarney is Kerry Airport, a quaint building that offers a limited number of services. Planes fly to and arrive from London, Frankfurt and Dublin year-round. If arriving by plane, Kerry Airport is a mere 7 miles north of Killarney, meaning that you can hop in a cab and find yourself in Killarney’s quaint cobbled streets in no time. If arriving to Ireland by ferry at either Cork or Dublin, jump on a direct train straight to Killarney centre. Once in Killarney, affordable buses and trains will dart you to the surrounding towns and cities.